Things looked bleak Saturday as the Wissota Championship Sprints prepared to make their first stop at North Central Speedway in 2002.
Weather forecasters had indicated a 70- to 80-percent chance of severe weather. Fortunately, the weather cooperated, providing a beautiful night of racing with 99 racers competing.
The first main event saw 20 Wissota Street Stocks roll onto the track. As the field entered turn one on the second lap, Donny Thomsen was sent sideways, causing a massive pileup with 11 cars involved. Ryan Studanski, Travis Wermter, Mark Johnson, Charlie Beens and Brad Dwyer all suffered significant damage, forcing their retirement from the event.
Once the track was cleared and racing resumed, the streets went on to run 14 green-flag laps without interruption. John Treichler and Don Willard Jr. distanced themselves from the pack as they battled for the top spot. Thomsen began to close in on the two, making it a three-way challenge for the lead. By race's end, Treichler had pulled into the front spot. He led 14 of the 15 laps for his first victory of the season.
In the Wissota Championship Sprints feature, brothers Joe and Jimmy Kouba led the 22-car field to the green flag. Joe Kouba jumped out to lead the first 10 laps.
On lap 10, the X car of Chuck Swenson moved by Joe Kouba for the lead. By lap 18, it became a three-way battle as Swenson, Joe Kouba and Lou Kennedy Jr. swapped the top spot. Kennedy moved into the lead on lap 20 and held on to lead the final five laps in a phenomenal caution-free chase to the checkered.
With only one caution in the 40 laps completed in the first two features, expectations were high as 22 Wissota Super Stocks took center stage. Unfortunately, the Super Stocks encountered a few more difficulties with five yellow flags shortening the event to 15 laps.
From his pole position, Nick Musel led every lap, picking up his first feature victory of the year. Tim Johnson was glued to his bumper for the majority of the race. Musel held off the charge and captured the win, with Johnson and Dustin Nelson finishing second and third.
The final feature saw the NCS Pure Stocks also go green to checkered with no stoppages. Greg Miller jumped to the early lead with Charlie Peterson on his rear-quarter panel and Dusty Paul in hot pursuit.
Several cars spun in turns three and four, but were able to correct as the race remained green. Mike Smude, Ed Rolfson Jr. and Louis Wermter entered pit row with mechanical difficulties as Paul put the heat on Miller for the lead. Paul was the first to the checkered flag but a post-race inspection found him with a disqualification and handed the victory to Miller.
Heat 1 - Scott Dillenburg, Tony Yezek, Ed Kottschade, Mike Smude, Tom Segler
Heat 2 - Cory Loidolt, Louis Wermter, Ed Rolfson Jr., Eric Pryzbilla, Dusty Paul
Heat 3 - Mike Japp, Brian Johnson, Greg Miller, Trevor Shaw, Kelly Kautz
B Feature - Phil Schmitz, Don Welch, Dennis Johnson, Cory Lodermeier, Mitch Lowe
A Feature G. Miller, Japp, Peterson, Loidolt, Segler
WISSOTA STREET STOCKS
Heat 1 - John Treichler, Kelly Wroolie, Donnie Jensen, Scott Walker, Ryan Studanski
Heat 2 - Dan Beens, Don Willard Jr., Tom Hovind, Donny Thomsen, Travis Wermter
Heat 3 - Mark Johnson, Jon Gunderson, Brad Dwyer, Dan Severson, Jim DeRosier
Consolation - Nate House, Steve Eggersgluess, Wayne Wooden, Charlie Beens, Randy Sprague
Feature - Treichler, Thomsen, Willard Jr., D. Beens, House
WISSOTA SUPER STOCKS
Heat 1 - Dave Mass, Brad Jensen, Pete Hines, Tim Sweet, Rich Nieken
Heat 2 - Rick Sweet, Luke Hines, Kurt Loftis, Erick Thiesse, Shawn Fletcher
Heat 3 - Tim Johnson, Tom Feierabend, Nick Musel, Dustin Nelson, Tim O'Brien
Feature - Musel, Johnson, Nelson, B. Jensen, K. Loftis
WISSOTA CHAMPIONSHIP SPRINTS
Heat 1 - Chuck Swenson, Loren Langerud, Dave Glennon, Rob Caho Jr., Spike Lempelius
Heat 2 - Roger Rager, Lou Kennedy Jr., Jimmy Kouba, Joseph Kouba, Gary Walton
Heat 3 - Randy Nygaard, Joe Kouba, Jerry Richert Jr., John Franzen, Tony Hargrave
Feature - Kennedy Jr., Joe Kouba, Swenson, Rager, Jimmy Kouba
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